Automated pest traps helping farmers prevent crop damage
Updated: 2021-08-23 09:16:52 KST
At this tomato farm, the leaves on some of the plants have been damaged by pests.
There is a tiny insect on the back of the leaf, only visible if you look closely.
Insect traps have been set up throughout the farm.
Looking at the pests that have been caught by the traps helps identify which bugs are causing the damage.
Some of the insect traps have a solar powered device attached.
These traps hold 40 adhesive strips that are automatically replaced.
This allows farmers to leave the traps for up to 9 months, saving them time and effort.
Also, attached to the devices are high-resolution cameras that send images of the pests to the farmers' mobile phones or computers.
I can predict the pest attacks. So I can make a plan to take control of the pest situation in advance. I feel free from the fear of pests.
Test results of this new 'automatic pest predicting trap' developed by the Rural Development Administration show they reduce labor and other costs by 60% compared to traditional traps.
It is also significantly more effective because not only can different traps can be installed depending on the cultivation crop and environment, but adjustments and monitoring can be done remotely.
The pest attacks can be forecasted and controlled remotely. This kind of monitoring allows smart farming on islands or remote areas through an agricultural network in the metropolitan cities.
Climate change is bringing more foreign or exotic pests to Korea, like the American fairybug and brown cicadas. Effective pest prevention systems are needed to make sure these new pests don't destroy crops.
Lee Eunjin, Arirang News.